Dominique Ansel Bakery, Belgravia, London
Dominique Ansel Bakery has been absolutely raiding my Instagram over the last year. Foodies all across London have been going nuts for their photogenic pastries, and of course – this is the home of the Cronut. Master pastry chef Dominique Ansel started his trade in New York with his store being such a hit that it made its way to London a few years back too.
This bakery had already been high on my list and dreaming about my upcoming trip to New York throttled me into West London to check it out. Such a short time in the big apple meant it was going to be a stretch to get there. Even with the fanfare dying out from it’s original opening, Dominique Ansel is still a reasonably busy venue for a weekday later afternoon treat. The storefront is garnished with those trademark flowers that lead you into the excitement and the madness.
Dominique Ansel is most famous for being the creator of the Cronut and I’d hedge my bets its the item they sell the most of. Only one flavour is available at any time, and these rotate out monthly. On my day it was an Apricot (and maybe something else) flavour of Cronut. The pastries all look so fine and delicate, so I selected one for a sample as well. It is a pricey experience, each one is pushing you back over £5 or so.
Extremely sugar-laden but oh boy, is it delicious! As you’d hope the cronut is a best in class feature, with lovely golden layers of flaky pastry that give way to the sweet cream topping.
All the items are works of art and my Mont Blanc was cute as a button. This features a chestnut cream accented with rose and cassis, vanilla ganache and a vanilla meringue on top. I couldn’t fault it other than giving me a serious sugar hit. Best shared.
Great looking food, and the cafe is perfect for a catch up coffee. The courtyard is cute and it wasn’t too busy. Staff are friendly and the toilets are clean. The only thing I’m not such as fan about at Dominique Ansel Bakery are the prices – £5.20 for a cronut is pushing it!